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MOYOCK, N.C. (AP) __ Former Missouri Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General,  John Ashcroft is joining the security firm once known as Blackwater.

Investment group USTC Holdings, LLC, said Wednesday that Ashcroft is serving as an independent director for Moyock, N.C.-based Xe (ZEE) Services.  The director positions were created in December when USTC purchased Xe. The private company became famous as Blackwater, which provided guards and services to the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The company has been trying to rehabilitate its image since a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 people, outraged the Iraqi government and led to federal charges against several Blackwater guards.

Those accusations were thrown out after a judge found prosecutors mishandled evidence, but the case was resurrected last month by a federal appeals court.

Xe is a leading global stability services provider. Founded in 1997, the Company has grown from a basic training facility to support the needs of local and regional law enforcement personnel to a world-class provider of training and security services to public and private entities the world over. Xe’s headquarters in Moyock, N.C. house the largest private training center in the U.S.

The Business Wire reports this morning that Ashcroft has been selected to chair the company’s Subcommittee on Governance, a newly formed entity within Xe’s board. The Governance Subcommittee will focus on the company’s efforts to maximize governance, compliance and accountability, continuing to build and promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry. With the formation of this subcommittee, and with Ashcroft as its chair, USTC aims to set the bar for industry standards against which all other companies will be measured.

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